Sobrecàrregues is an initiative of the Assembly of Artists of La Garrotxa. Every month the Assembly invites an artist to hang on the façade of Olot Town Hall a life-sized interpretation of The Charge (1902) – the best-known work by Ramon Casas.

In December of last year it was the turn of Ferran Garcia Sevilla, who created his own personal version of it accompanied by a text, Game over. Insert Coin. An invitation to revolt.

Game over. Insert coin

So-called works of art are things that are outside us. Like chairs are.

So-called works of art do not speak, as is often claimed.

They are mute like stones and clouds. Like traffic lights or a Bloody Mary.

It is we who project certain thoughts and emotions onto the world.

Thoughts and emotions which, incidentally, are learned in a certain cultural community.

And in a certain language, or more than one, charged with these thoughts and emotions.

That is why so-called works of art are not strictly universal.

Unlike technical works, which are. From the wheel to the quantum computer.

We are predetermined beings statistically with the same responses. But not all of us.

We think that we are free when in fact we have signed a contract of willing bondage.

Only by changing our inherited sequence of events and things can we be a bit more free.

That is why we recognise events and things, and we interpret them. We tread the endless wheel.

That is why if we change this inherited interpretation we destroy the dominant discourse.

With this action we move from simple recognition to a different kind of knowledge.

If we give the same or similar answers to a question, we ensure our evolution.

If we change the questions, we assure the revolution.

 

You can read more texts by Ferran Garcia Sevilla at http://ferrangarciasevilla.cat/textos/.